The School of Nursing commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the School of Nursing. We are honored and proud to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.
This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for the students described above who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:
Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.
Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register for it.
Please register online. A registration link will be posted here on February 4. Registration Deadline: March 29. You will still be able to register after the deadline date but you will not be able to make any changes to how your name appears in the ceremony program book.
Instructions for students attending the ceremony will be emailed in early April.
If you have a disability that impacts your ability to participate in a commencement ceremony, please note your needs and what accommodations you require when you register for the ceremony. The coordinator of this ceremony will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodations. If the coordinator does not contact you at least two weeks before the ceremony, please contact the coordinator directly.
Please see the Accessibility for Guests page.
Students earning baccalaureate degrees (including those awarded as part of combined degrees) are eligible to receive Latin honors based on their UB cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the following scale:
Average (based on 4.0=A)
To receive the Latin honors designation in the printed commencement programs, and to be eligible to wear the honorific gold cord (cum laude, magna and summa) during these ceremonies, candidates for the June degree conferral date must:
This recognition is only intended for students who will have their degrees conferred in June, or have had their degrees conferred in the previous February or September.
The gold cords will be available for purchase ($12) at the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning March 6. Students must present their UB ID at time of purchase.
Candidates for graduation are also encouraged to wear on their robes any insignia, emblems or pins signifying membership in honorary societies or academic organizations, or special honors received for academic or extracurricular activities.
Arrive one full hour prior to the ceremony start time. The robing area for all degree candidates is in the Edward L. Wright Practice Facility (located in the basement of Alumni Arena). The Alumni Arena will provide signs to this room. Further instructions will be given at that time. DO NOT bring purses or valuables as you will not have access to this room after the ceremony.
Also, in the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "For Your Safety -- Prohibited Items." This information about security procedures and prohibited items applies to graduating students as well.
There are no admission tickets for this ceremony. Participating degree candidates may invite as many guests as they desire.
Doors to guest seating will open one hour prior to the ceremony start time. Seating is general admission; first-come, first-served.
The Guest Info section of this website has all the information your guests need to know about directions and parking, seating (including seating for children and infants), accessibility and visiting campus.
Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies but please review the guidelines below.
Baby strollers are not permitted in Alumni Arena.
If you are with a child who is talking, crying or moving around in a manner that is distracting to the ceremony, you may be asked to step outside the ceremony.
Your safety is our first priority. As you arrive, you will be greeted upon entry by security personnel who will conduct a speedy inspection of all belongings you may have with you. You may also be asked to unfasten any outerwear. Because of these security measures, please allow yourself a few extra minutes.
The following items are prohibited:
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (approximately)
Alumni Arena, UB North Campus
Graduating students participating in commencement wear academic apparel. Order early to make sure you get the appropriate items on time.
The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to your permanent address approximately four to six weeks after the conferral date. Students are responsible for making address changes; these should be made through your HUB Student Center to ensure that you receive your diploma.